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APPLE HILL CHAMBER PLAYS FOR PEACE IN ARMENIA

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 21, ARMENPRESS: The US embassy in Armenia said today the Apple Hill Chamber Players have arrived in Armenia on a PLAYING FOR PEACE mission with the support of the US Department of State. The musicians already performed in Gyumri on October 20 and will perform in Yerevan Chamber Music Hall on October 22. The musicians will also recruit a student for a scholarship for the Summer 2006 Residency Program.

This will be the third tour of the Apple Hill in Armenia. Beside the concerts in Gyumri and Yerevan, the musicians will also conduct a workshop/master class for music students at Gyumri Conservatory. The Apple Hill Chamber Players are unique in the world of music. They represent one of America’s most highly respected performing ensemble traditions, winning international praise for vital, elegant, and eloquent performances and recordings of the chamber music literature from classic 18th-to-20th century masterpieces, to new and commissioned works by leading composers.

Founded in 1973, the Apple Hill Chamber Players are the performing artists and faculty for the internationally celebrated Apple Hill Festival in Nelson, NH, where they are joined by professional, student, and amateur participants of all ages and backgrounds from the US and around the world.

The Apple Hill Playing for Peace mission is dedicated to using the traditions of Apple Hill concerts, residencies, and scholarships to further the causes of world peace and understanding-at Apple Hill, throughout the United States, and throughout the world. Since 1988, the Apple Hill Chamber Players have annually toured the Middle East, Europe, and other parts of the world, as well as all corners of the US, performing concerts, conducting master classes, and awarding Playing for Peace scholarships to bring musicians of conflicting cultures and diverse backgrounds to Apple Hill. The dramatic story of the Apple Hill Chamber Players’ 1992 tour of Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria was documented in the namesake PBS film and video “Playing for Peace” by Emmy award-winning Peter Rosen, seen by over four million viewers.

Apple Hill programs are funded by the US Department of State and in part by contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies worldwide.

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